Mind and Destiny

“I make no pretension to patriotism. So long as my voice can be heard ... I will hold up America to the lightning scorn of moral indignation. In doing this, I shall feel myself discharging the duty of a true patriot; for he is a lover of his country who rebukes and does not excuse its sins. It is righteousness that exalteth a nation while sin is a reproach to any people.”- Frederick Douglass

Location: Delhi, N.Y., United States

The author and his webmaster, summer of 1965.

Monday, November 14, 2016

Culture of Dishonesty

Fox News host Bret Baier announced: “The investigation into the Clinton Foundation, looking into possible pay for play interaction between Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton and the Foundation has been going on for more than a year.  The Clinton Foundation investigation is a quote, ‘very high priority’.  They describe the evidence that they have as quote, “a lot of it” and there is an avalanche coming every day.  These sources said, yes, the investigations will continue.  There’s a lot of evidence.  And barring some obstruction in some way, they believe they’ll continue to likely an indictment.”

NBC’s Pete Williams reported: “Baier’s reporting is bogus.  There is no investigation to speak of.”

The bogus report was immediately loaded on to a teleprompter as part of Trump’s speech on the campaign trail with a few extra embellishments.

Trump claimed: “They say the federal bureau that it’s likely to yield a very, very serious charge or an indictment.  I’m just saying – that’s what the newspapers are saying.  That’s what the reports are.  Hillary Clinton has engaged in far-reaching criminal conduct, and in an equally far-reaching criminal cover-up.  She is likely to be under investigation for many years.  And also it will probably end up, in my opinion, in a criminal trial.  And already talking about impeachment.  I mean, it is remarkable.”

Bret Baier apologized for inaccurately reporting that the FBI’s probe into the Clinton Foundation was “likely” to result in an indictment.  Baier’s decision to walk back his claim came after several news organizations, including NBC News, ABC News and CNN rebutted it based on their own sources.

Trump’s campaign manager Kellyanne Conway boasted: “The damage is done to Hillary Clinton.  No matter how it’s being termed.”

The Republican Party has been infected by a culture of dishonesty for decades.


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